The three-day Vietnam War Summit at the LBJ Library comes to a close Thursday with remarks from Pham Quang Vinh, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam’s ambassador to the United States.
Thursday’s panel discussions begin at 12:40 p.m. with veterans, including Ken Wallingford, a former prisoner of war from Austin, talking about the realities of the war.
The 1:40 p.m. panel will feature musicians, including Country Joe McDonald and Peter Yarrow, talking about how music fueled the anti-war movement while offering comfort to troops on the battlefield.
The ambassador, who will be introduced by retired Admiral Bobby Inman, is scheduled to begin at 2:24 p.m., leading into the final panel titled Lessons Learned at 2:50 p.m., which will explore the war’s impact on U.S. foreign and military policy. That panel includes Bill McRaven, former commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command and chancellor of the University of Texas System; former U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey, a Medal of Honor recipient as a Navy SEAL officer; and former U.S. Sen. Chuck Robb, who won a Bronze Star commanding a Marine rifle company in Vietnam.
Tickets for the summit, which ends with a 4 p.m. ceremony recognizing veterans, are required and have already been distributed.